US President Donald Trump is calling on Russia to stop its destabilizing activities in Ukraine.
In his speech he made in Warsaw, Poland, President Trump says he agrees that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, but he is repeating his assertion that he believes “other countries” may have done the same. He did not elaborate on which other countries. He says, “nobody really knows for sure.”
He was speaking a day ahead of his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump also repeated his claims that former President Barack Obama knew that Russia was meddling in the election.
Trump says Obama “choked” and “did nothing” because he believed Democrat Hillary Clinton would win the election.
He’s also calling on Moscow to end its support for “hostile regimes.” Trump specifically called out Syria and Iran.
Trump instead urged Russia to join the “community of responsible nations” in its fight against common enemies and the defense of civilization.
Trump’s plea to Russia comes a day before his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, which the US does not recognize. Russia also supports separatist elements operating in Ukraine.
Trump included the message to Russia in a public address during a quick visit to Poland.
Reported by: YNET